Dental Assisting Point System

The Selection Committee is guided by a point system. However, final decisions will be the responsibility of the Selection Committee. The applicant is responsible for providing the documentation necessary to support the point system.

Click a category to see how points may be earned

Points for Specific College Course Work

Each course is worth a maximum of 3 points for a total of 15 possible points. An "A" is worth 3 points. A "B" is worth 2 points. A "C" is worth 1 point. 

College Credit Courses

  • Introduction to Health Care
  • Survey of Anatomy & Physiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I AND Anatomy & Physiology II (both include lab)
  •  Communications 1
  • Speech
  •  Microcomputer Applications

Grade Point Average

In order for the college grade point average to be used, at least 12 credit hours of college course work must be completed. If the applicant has not completed 12 college credits, the points awarded for GPA will be based on the applicant's high school GPA or GED scores. Applicants should have at least a 2.0 to apply. Points will be awarded as follows:

CC GPA Points HS GPA / GED Points
 3.5 - 4.0   6 3.5 - 4.0 
300 - 375
 3.0 - 3.4 4 3.0 - 3.4 
275 - 299
 2.5 - 2.9 2  2.5 - 2.9 
260 - 274
 2.0 - 2.4  0 2.0 - 2.4
250 - 259

Points for TABE Test Scores

A total of 4 points is possible. Scores from the TABE Test (Test for Adult Basic Education - Level A) will be awarded points for Language, Reading and Math skills, according to the table below:

TABE Subject Scores Points
> 616
> 656
> 630
597 - 616
627 - 656
608 - 630
< 597
< 627
< 608


Applicants obtaining test scores lower than the minimum level should see a counselor at any of the EFSC campuses to identify appropriate course work to improve their test scores. Every applicant must take the TABE (Level A) test, no exceptions and no exemptions.
NOTE: The TABE Test can be taken only ONCE every six months.

Work/Health Sciences Education Experience

Bonus points for relevant work/education may be earned in only one of the following areas.

Experience Points
Graduate of an Associate Degree Program- AS or AA (or higher) 5
Graduate of a Health Sciences Program - Two semesters or more in length 4
One year of FULL-TIME work in a dental office as a dental assistant 3
Graduate of Viera High School Dental Aide Program 2
Graduate of a Health Sciences Program - One semester or less in length 1


Submit a one-page, typed essay on the following topic: "Why Do I Want to Become a Dental Assistant?"  Essay will qualify for one point.

Equal Access Policy

Eastern Florida State College is dedicated to providing a nondiscriminatory environment which promotes equal access, equal educational opportunity, and equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, race, national origin, color, ethnicity, genetic information, religion, sex, gender preference, pregnancy, disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. 

EFSC recognizes the rights of students and applicants with disabilities, including those with hepatitis B, under the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.